An exciting bantamweight bout between Bethe “Pitbull” Correia and Irene Aldana has been cancelled.
The UFC deemed Correia unfit to compete on Tuesday. This marks the second time that Corriea and Aldana were scheduled to face off.
The decision was made regarding Correia’s ongoing opthamology issues. In October of 2017, Correia underwent eye surgery following a head kick knockout loss to Holly Holm in Singapore and has not been in action since.
Understandingly disappointed, and surprised, Correia says she was cleared by three doctors to fight and train: “I came aware of my eye issues. I went through several ophthalmologists part of the Brazilian Societyy of Opthamologists. I took care of my health and eye integrity, even being released by doctors before the trip.”
She added, “I have current reports from three doctors who have been following me since the beginnIng, reporting that I am released to fight.”
According to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), the decision to pull the fight was made by the promotion. “The UFC pullled her off the card, which they’re entitled to do as a promoter. The promoter made the decision. The UFC made the decision,” Andy Foster, a CSAC executive, told MMA Fighting.
Tuesday evening, the UFC announced that the fight would not be replaced and the card would continue as is.